Every year, the Horizon Fellowship programme supports and funds a cohort of Trust staff to develop and deliver innovative projects that help to improve patient care and experience or improve operational efficiency in our hospitals and clinics.

Led by CW Innovation in partnership with DigitalHealth.London, the programme supports members of staff from all levels of the Trust, equipping them with new skills and knowledge, and connecting them to like-minded peers and mentors. Six learning days take place across the year, and Fellows also have access to workshops, resources and events to share experience, tackle challenges, learn from experts and co-design solutions.

The programme is now in its second year, once again providing a fantastic opportunity for Trust staff to receive the support they need to bring their innovative ideas to life. Find out more about our 2023/24 Fellows.

The 2022/23 Horizon Fellows’ projects are estimated to have impacted more than 13,000 patients over the year, bringing much-needed change for staff and patients across Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Specialist Occupational Therapist Hayley Fay’s project was to complete an evaluation of her exercise app, Hand Therapy, to measure clinical and socioeconomic impact. This data will inform the next steps to achieving widespread adoption of the app in hand units across the UK, with the aim of improving patient experience, standardising care and freeing up staff time.

‘The programme gave me space to problem-solve and celebrate wins with my peers. It enabled creativity and kept me inspired and motivated.’

Hayley Fay